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  • Asthma: Extremely obesity (BMI greater than 40) increases the risk 2.7 fold

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    Friday, August 06, 2004 3:29 pm Email this article
    Extreme obesity, that is having a body mass index of 40 or more, increases the risk of asthma 2.7-fold as self-reported by people who were surveyed according to a paper from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2.3% have BMI of 40 or more

    As of 2001, the prevalence of BMI of 40 or higher was 2.3 percent.

    Subjects: 195,005 adults

    This data was collected from a random-digit telephone survey of 195,005 adults aged 18 years or older residing in all states participating in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in 2001.

    BMI Table

    A BMI Table can be found here.


    Mokdad A, Ford E, Bowman B, Dietz W, Vinicor F, Bales V, Marks J. Prevalence of obesity, diabetes, and obesity-related health risk factors, 2001. JAMA. 2003 Jan 1, 289(1):76-79.


    A. Mokdad
    Division of Adult and Community Health
    4770 National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Atlanta, GA 30341-3717, USA
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